Live music, carnival this weekend at Rainier Days in the Park

The 2014 Rainier Days in the Park event is July 10-13. Photo courtesy of Rainier Days in the Park.
The 2014 Rainier Days in the Park event is July 10-13. Photo courtesy of Rainier Days in the Park.

RAINIER — Rainier Days in the Park will be from July 10-13 in Rainier City Park, 300 W. A St.

The family-freindly event features live music and other entertainment, contests, carnival rides and games, marketplace vendors, food, and a beer garden.

Hours/highlights: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, opening ceremonies, performance by Lulu LaFever; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, magic show, performance by Fleetwood Mac tribute band Gold Dust; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, parade, hometown pizza-eating contest, family game show, Ralph Painter citizenship award, performance by the The Mulch Brothers, fireworks display; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Rainier Senior Center fundraiser breakfast, battle of the worship bands, performance by Kutless.

The parade on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m., and will travel west on A Street and continue into the park. Information about designated event parking and shuttle services are available on the event’s website at Click on “Get the Scoop”.

Details: to see the full event schedule, click here; for real-time updates, like the event’s Facebook page by clicking here.

‘Lost and Found’ events offer free activities to families

ST. HELENS — Free activities for children and families are offered the last Saturday of each month at St. Helens Middle School during Lost and Found Youth and Family Outreach.

The event, sponsored by the St. Helens Community Foundation and private donations, is from 7 to 10 p.m. and features food, games, and music by DJ Chris. During school months, activities are held in the middle school gymnasium. During the summer, activities move to McCormick Park in St. Helens.

This month’s gathering will take place a week earlier on Sat, Nov. 23. Details: 503-369-3710 or like their Facebook page by clicking here.

Vernonia weekend jamboree offers music, logging competitions… and Elvis

VERNONIA — Time to sharpen your axes and polish your steel-toed boots for the 57th annual Vernonia Friendship Jamboree and Logging Show.

The free event is Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2-4,  in downtown Vernonia. Most activities take place on Madison Avenue and Bridge Street; however, numerous other activities are also planned throughout town.

The schedule includes:

Friday: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beer garden; noon, info booth, food and craft vendors, kids’ carnival, Black Powder Encampment; 4 p.m., softball tournament (Greenman Field), open air market, Izaak Walton Fishing Derby (Vernonia Lake), Friends of the Vernonia Public Library book sale; 9 to 11:30 p.m., Zack Rumbolz Memorial Dance.

Saturday: All day, info booth, food and craft vendors, kids’ carnival, Black Powder Encaptment, softball tournament, Friends of Vernonia Public Library book sale, Toy and Joy donation booth; 7 to 11 a.m., pancake breakfast; 8 a.m., parade registration; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., petting zoo; 11 a.m., parade (on Bridge Street); 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beer garden; noon, Erik Kesterson Memorial Motorcycle Show Jamboree Cruise-in; 1 to 6 p.m., Music at the Shay (Shay Park), “Give Back Bash” Elvis tribute featuring Justin Shandor (Vernonia High School commons; alumni gathering will follow); 3 p.m., lawn mower races.

Sunday: All day, info booth, food and craft vendors, kids’ carnival, softball tournament, Black Powder Encampment; 7 a.m., third annual fire and rescue golf tournament (Vernonia Golf Course); 7 to 11 a.m., pancake breakfast; 8 a.m., Ridge Riders play day; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beer garden; noon to 4 p.m., 55th annual Vernonia Jamboree Logging Show.

Details: Visit the event page on Facebook by clicking here, or call Joan Glass at 503-429-5291, or e-mail

’13 Nights on the River’ rocks summer in St. Helens

Classic rock band Pause 456 will headline "13 Nights on the River" June 20 in Columbia View Park. Photo courtesy of Pause 456.
Classic rock band Pause 456 will headline “13 Nights on the River” June 20 in Columbia View Park.
Photo courtesy of Pause 456.

Updated 1:59 p.m., 6/21/2013:  According to a weekly e-mail from the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, additional acts are schedule to perform July 4 in celebration of Independence Day. The lineup includes: 11 a.m., OPAS Dance; 12:15 p.m., belly dancers; 1 p.m., Summer Januaries; 2:45 p.m., Midnight Serenaders; 5:15 p.m., Workin’ For the Weekend. The regular scheduled performer, The Sweetwater Band, will play at  8 p.m.

ST. HELENS — The classic rock band Pause 456 will headline “13 Nights on the River” on Thursday, June 20, in Columbia View Park, next to the Historic Columbia County Courthouse, in Olde Towne St. Helens.

The weekly music festival, sponsored by the St. Helens Community Foundation and Ye Ol’ Grog Distillery, is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 29.

Future acts include:

June 27: Jackstraw; bluegrass.

July 4: The Sweetwater Band; country/rock.

July 11: The Get Ahead;  R&B, soul, jazz, and rock and roll.

July 18: The New Iberians; Blues and Zydeco.

July 25: Michael Allen Harrison; classical contemporary pianist.

Aug. 1: Hit Machine; hits from various eras; and Count the Ants; rock.

Aug. 8: Sweet Baby James; blues/jazz.

Aug. 15: Lulu LaFever and the Hot Tamales; pop jazz, blues.

Aug. 22: The Steve Hale Trio; blue-eyed-soul-americana.

Aug. 29: Jujuba; Nigerian-style afro-beat.

Details: visit, or e-mail Christina Sullivan,

Vernonia festival offers salmon cuisine, art displays and more

VERNONIA — Celebrate northwest culture during the 10th annual Vernonia Salmon Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Hawkins Park, located at the end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street.

The free event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features several food and retail vendors, arts and craft booths, an art show and live music. Activities for children include scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin carving and trout fishing in a nearby pond.

“Claudia,” a giant 25-foot Chinook salmon, will be on display to educate visitors about stream restoration, and hayrides will be offered to salmon spawning sites along Rock Creek. Members of the Upper Nehalem Watershed Council also will raffle off a fresh-caught Columbia River salmon.

In the park’s Scout Cabin, the non-profit organization, Hands on Art, will sell selections of McMenamins beer.

For festival-goers who are interested in area history, the Vernonia Pioneer Museum will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. at 511 E. Bridge St. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the city of Vernonia at 503-429-5291.

‘14th Night’ to benefit community programs

The country band, Backstage Pass (pictured at the 2012 Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival), will be the closing act on Saturday during 14th Night on the River in Columbia View Park.

ST. HELENS – Live music, food vendors, informational booths and more will be featured tomorrow, Sept. 29, during the 14th Night on the River benefit at Columbia View Park in St. Helens.

The free event, from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., is a fundraiser for the St. Helens Community Foundation. There also will be a beer garden, and the city of St. Helens will hold a drawing for a $50 credit toward a resident’s utility bill. Visit their booth for details.

Bands to perform are:

•  5:30 p.m., 90 Proof (rock).
•  7:30 p.m., Thurgood Marshall Tucker Band (rock).
•  10:15 p.m., Backstage Pass (country).

Youth are welcome to attend until 10 p.m.

The St. Helens Community Foundation provides legal status and protection for many community groups in the city, including 13 Nights on the River and Lost and Found Youth.

Proceeds from the event will go towards deferring the cost of insurance coverage required for the foundation to offer future community activities.

For more information, contact Keith Locke at 503-369-0575, or

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Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival offers good eats, unusual treats… and cabbage bowling

Sauerkraut-eating contest

For 23 summers, the city of Scappoose has hosted one of Columbia County’s most popular events – the Sauerkraut Festival. This year, the festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Heritage Park.

The event is coordinated by the Scappoose Community Club, and sponsored by RS Media, Wauna Federal Credit Union and many other local businesses and organizations.

Festival organizers say the event draws anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 sauerkraut enthusiasts annually and features delicious sauerkraut-infused fare, such as chocolate sauerkraut cupcakes and sauerkraut ice cream, as well as the “Famous Scappoose Sauerkraut Sandwich”.

Visitors can try their hand at cabbage bowling, gorge themselves in a sauerkraut-eating contest or work-up a pre-gorge appetite by participating in the Matt Moquin 5K Fun Run and Walk. Registration for the walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. at Scappoose High School, 33700 High School Way.

Dozens of vendor booths will be featured, including Master Gardeners with the OSU Extension Service, the Columbia Humane Society, Susan’s Classy Glass Creations, Old Oregon Smokehouse, Terrel’s Texas Bar-B-Que, Patty’s Kettle Corn and others.  A complete list of vendors can be viewed by clicking here.

Locally-grown goodies and hand-made crafts also will be offered for sale at the nearby Scappoose Farmers’ Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From noon to 3 p.m., helpers are needed to decide which sauerkraut recipe deserves the coveted “People’s Choice Award” during a celebrity sauerkraut cook-off and tasting event. Contestants include Scappoose natives, C.C. Barber, who is Miss Oregon 2009, Scappoose mayor, Scott Burge, and this year’s Sauerkraut Festival queen, Rachel Mayes, as well as Sheryl Stewart from The Buzz 105.9.

The event also offers family activities in the Columbia River PUD Kids’ Cabbage Patch with pony rides, a petting zoo, and crafts with the Girl Scouts. Live music and other acts will be featured on the Fred Meyer entertainment stage.

The stage schedule includes: 10 a.m., opening ceremony; 10:30 a.m., jazz duo Nina Reed & Larry Munson, with special guest Mark Alexander; Noon, Lyman Louis, americana/country/blues; 1 p.m., OPAS Dance; 2 p.m., sauerkraut eating contest; 2:30 p.m., Crossfire, country western; 4 p.m., Scappoose High School showcase; and 4:30 p.m., Backstage Pass, new/old country/heavy rock.

Heritage Park is located at Southeast Second Street, between East Columbia Avenue and Southeast Olive Street. For more information, contact Beth Pulito, 503-913-4476, or Lisa Smith, 503-543-2010, or visit the festival Web site at

Those interested in participating in the 5K walk/run, contact Paula Holmason, 503-888-5592, or

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Big Fun For Our Little Ones

Wee-Bop Music and Movement is a program where children ages 4 months to 6 years can engage in music, rhythm, art, cooking and/or sports. Wee-Bops, as it is commonly known, provides safe, indoor, high quality classes for children to explore, meet new friends, and expend their energy in innovative and fun ways.

Wee-Bop Music and Movement was started by St. Helens resident, Jen Morse in 2004. She had just moved to the St. Helens area, was a stay-at-home mom with two young children and had a newly earned Masters degree in Elementary Ed.  As a licensed teacher and a recent employee of Gymboree Music & Movement, she knew a program like Wee-Bop Music and Movement was something our community could really use, and something she could do and still stay home with her own children. She started off by offering 1 class a week at the Yankton Grange. Since then she has opened up shop off Columbia Blvd in St. Helens and in February of this year opened her second location in Scappoose. Wee-Bops, as it is commonly known, offers a variety of quality classes for children ages 4 months to 6 years.

Classes include such activities as Music & Movement, where little ones and their parents participate in circle games, rhythm instrument exploration, prop play, creative dance; Play & Art, focuses on building strength, balance and coordination as kids explore bounce hoses, tents, obstacle courses and ending each class with a simple art project; Preschool Prep, including short circle time, arts and crafts and sensory activities; Fitness, an intro into different sports in a noncompetitive fashion for the older kids (2.5-5yrs) and soon to be adding a yoga class for all ages;  and Cooking,  where students will learn about safety and sanitation in the kitchen, cooperation, experimentation, use of a recipe, and more.

Wee-Bop Music and Movement also offer private playgroups and themed birthday parties

Registration for the spring session is now underway for both locations.

Classes start Monday, April 30th. Please contact Jen Morse @ (503) 396-0956

For more detailed information please go to their website, or find them on Facebook as Wee-Bop Music & Movement.

Backstage Pass performs tonight at 13 Nights on the River!

Columbia View Park
Backstage Pass Performs at 13 Nights on the River

Tonight one of our local bands Backstage Pass will be performing at 13 Nights on the River in St. Helens at Columbia View Park. This is a great venue for concerts, especially on a nice evening. The bands use the gazebo as their stage and the gorgeous Columbia River and Cascade Mountains are the backdrop. Come on out, bring the whole family, and enjoy a FREE concert by the river! 13 Nights on the River is a weekly concert series that runs throughout the summer on Thursday nights starting at 6:00.